Hello I am new to this and thought I would just share my story and see if anybody had any tips or advice they might like to pass on!
I developed IBS symptoms in 2012 after someone very close to me passed away. I began having the most painful stomach cramps to the point where I could not stand up after meals; at one point my mum was upset just watching me in so much pain. The thing we could not understand at that point was why it was such agony for a minute or so, then it would just stop (which was a good thing as that pain for longer than a minute or so would have killed me) but then start again soon after. It would last about 45 minutes on and off until I finally needed the toilet and then like a miracle it was over.
We booked to see a specialist and I had all of those tests, camera up and down. He also made me keep a food diary and did a test to see if I had any allergies in particular and it came back 0. I could see that my pain was more often after reheated food; so one night I could eat home made cottage pie the second not a chance.... and takeaway meals ect didnt do me much good either.
Once I cut those out of my diet and began taking a anti spasm medication before food, which meant if it did trigger anything the cramps were less often and a lot more manageable until again I ended up on the loo... it has been better.
I also found now that when I am stressed, all food just triggers my stomach which my specialist assured me is actually normal as the stomach is one of the most sensitive parts of our body... but knowing what food to avoid has helped anyway.
Does anybody have advice for things that might help ease the pain once it starts. Other than riding it out, with or without my medication, nothing works. As you all know it is not stomach ache, painkillers / heat do nothing for me and I do not really like tea, although if people think it does help I can try!
recently it has become more regular again despite me being even more cautious about what food has been reheated ect, it has made me not want to go out for meals and I have stopped eating at work just incase, I just want to be better again!!!
Sorry for the long message, but if anyone has the time to read it and reply I would be extremely grateful!!
(as you can see it is 2.34am and I am currently wide awake awaiting my trip to the toilet which is unusual as I obviously have not eaten in quite a few hours, usually its straight away!)